5 Dangerous Paths for Ministers Under Pressure

How quickly our conversations can go from theoretical to all-too-real. I spent a rewarding Wednesday in Tennessee recently on a retreat with 45 ministers and staff members thinking through the unique and profound pressures of ministry in the 21st century. We agreed...

Study: Religion Helps Workers Cope with Stress

New psychological research suggests that employees who are more actively religious are better able to cope with stress and are more likely to report that their lives have meaning. These are the key findings of a study presented on Jan. 9 at the annual conference of...

The Answer to Solving Your Next Spiritual Meltdown

I woke up recently to my daughter in great distress. The evening before we had cleaned her room and this included closing up the dollhouse to clean around it. The next morning when she opened it back up, everything was out of place. She was in a panic to try and...

5 Ways to Help Your Minister Survive Advent

Advent offers a busy beginning to the church’s year for most of us; we look forward to the parties and special church programs. Of course, there is another side to this saga. Advent can drain the life out of ministers in a few short weeks. While most ministers...

Lace Up Your Running Shoes

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Ga., on August 15, 2010. Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Amy is my thirty-two-year-old daughter. She is married to John and they have twins, Jack and Kate, now two and one-half years old. She...